The operation of this device is designed to have a SIM with voice and data.
This phone incorporates Familyar, a launcher application that works as the main application on the mobile, to make it easier to use a Smartphone. Its operation consists of organizing the initial screen with blocks that can be customized with the shortcuts of the contacts and preferred applications. Familyar integrates with WhatsApp to make calls, video calls and send messages with text, photos and videos. It can also be integrated with a calendar application to manage events and important dates.
Buttons, display and appearance
The terminal has a 6.088 ”HD + touch screen, a fingerprint scanner and a series of external buttons to turn on the screen and adjust the volume.
The design of the phone is modern and aesthetically stylish.
On the outer keys are the power and volume control.
The application closing, back and initial menu keys are tactile within the same phone screen.
The alphanumeric keyboard that appears in applications such as WhatsApp, messages, etc. is shown in the following images. You can choose the theme (color in which it appears) but you cannot vary the size.
Menu and texts
It is a phone that incorporates an adapted version of Android, that is, it simplifies the different Android functionalities through simpler access methods.
It allows to simplify the call to contacts being able to create shortcuts (blocks) with photographs. It includes icons and texts that facilitate the identification of most of the functionalities. These blocks can be configured to change their position, color and add a photo to the contact blocks.
The device does not have a magnifying glass installed, although it is possible to download an application from the Play Store to perform the magnifying glass function. When installing free apps from the Play Store, they often contain in-app ads, which can be a problem if the user is an older person.
To perform the magnifying glass function, it has an 8MP rear camera.
The phone has a flashlight installed, which is useful. To activate it, it is necessary to display the notifications tab of the device.
The phone has features such as a calendar (it can be synchronized with Google Calendar), a clock, where the alarm, the timer and the stopwatch are located. These functions can be added as blocks to the main screen.
In addition, it has a sound recorder, calculator, bluetooth, Gmail, WhatsApp, content sending (it will be necessary to have a Smart device with a screen to be able to send the content or have Chrome Cast or similar to convert the device where you want to send the content in Smart). Compared to other applications, by having access to the Play Store, it is possible to access any application that is available in the Android store.
This device does not have a help button.
Calls and SMS
Both calls and messages are easy to receive and make.
The image on the left indicates how the call appears when the screen is locked (it will be necessary to move the white circle to the green or red phone depending on whether you want to pick up or hang up). The image on the right shows how the call appears when the screen is not locked.
-The phone is configured by default not to send some special characters (for example, accents) and although this behavior can be changed from the settings tab, it would be more convenient if it were configured to be able to send any character.
-Once WhatsApp has been installed, calls, video calls and messages from a contact are made through WhatsApp, without allowing the user to choose. In order to continue making traditional calls and sms, it will be necessary to enter the telephone and message applications, respectively, and search for the contact with whom you want to perform the action.
-When a call enters the phone and the screen is not locked, the options to answer and reject appear on the same screen and a message that indicates "Missed call from ...", which can lead to confusion because the call is you are currently making and it is not a missed call.
It has an 8 megapixel rear camera with flash and another 5 megapixel front camera. This makes the quality of the cameras good compared to other terminals already tested for the elderly.
To access the camera you can install it as a block, to access it from the main screen or you can press the unlock key and go to the lower left corner. Once you enter this block, you can configure the flash, video or photo, or if you want to apply a filter, for example, monochrome, beauty, etc.
The product includes a paper manual that is received with the phone. And also, as mentioned above, in the section How does it work? from your website https://familyar.net/como-funciona/ You can find videos with explanations about different functionalities.
FM radio and audio playback
The phone has an FM radio application, which requires an internet connection and a headphone connection, as they work as an antenna.
The following image shows the main screen of the radio application.
From the button with the three lines you can access a list of stations, if you do not want to search from the main screen previously presented. If you want to add any of the stations to the main screen, you can press the star and turn it into favorites.
In addition, it will be possible to make recordings of radio programs at the same time as you listen to them.
The phone does not have a charging base, but connects to a traditional USB cable charger plus plug, which come with the product.
The terminal battery is removable with a capacity of 4080 mAh.
According to the manufacturer, the battery life is about 24 hours, with about 12 hours of Internet browsing, watching videos and using video calls. It lasts 10 hours with the screen active. In standby mode it can last 90 hours.
It has a memory of 3 GB of RAM (read and write memory) and 16 GB of ROM (read-only memory). In addition, it has the possibility of storage through an external SD of up to 128 GB.
The phone has all the usual forms of connectivity of a Smartphone
- Dual SIM 4G
- GPS for the use of applications such as Google Maps
HAC compatibility: The manufacturer does not indicate it.
Having an Android operating system allows the use of the Android screen reader known as Talkback. In addition, the phone itself has more accessibility services, among which are:
- Switch Accessibility - Allows users with motor disabilities to control the phone with one or more switches. The switches are used to select items, scroll through them or enter text among others.
- Speak selection: When this option is activated, items on the screen can be touched to be read aloud
- Accessibility menu: It is a large menu that is displayed on the screen to control the phone. You can lock the phone, control the volume and brightness or take screenshots among others.
In general, it is a phone with good technical features of camera, battery and screen.
However, the benefits for the elderly could be improved by adding a charging base, configuring the radio to be able to use it without an internet connection and configuring the call blocks to be able to choose between doing it by WhatsApp or in a traditional way.
- The battery lasts for a long time.
- The device has many extra features such as fingerprint unlocking or content delivery.
- Compared to other terminals for the elderly, the phone has internet, allowing access to social networks.
- Compared to other terminals for the elderly, it has an 8-megapixel rear camera with flash and a 5-megapixel front camera.
- It has no charging base. This is generally appreciated by older people.
- To use the radio you need an internet connection.
- When installing WhatsApp and making a block with a contact to make the call, message, etc., these functions are performed through WhatsApp, not allowing the user to choose how they want to do it.
- Some applications are configured not to close the first time, jumping back to the screen individually.
- It is not indicated if the device is HAC compliant.
- It does not have a built-in magnifying glass, but it is necessary to install it from the Play Store (they are usually apps with ads).